Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Emulex, QLogic Catch PCI Express

The twin kings of the host bus adapter market -- Emulex Corp. (NYSE: ELX) and QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC) -- remain joined at the hip even in their tussle to get ahead.

Today, both vendors simultaneously announced the industrys very first Fibre Channel HBAs for PCI Express, the next-generation inter-connect technology developed by Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and other industry players (see Emulex Also Has PCI Express HBA and QLogic Launches PCI Express HBAs).

The PCI Express architecture is built to integrate with legacy PCI installations, while providing a serial interface suitable for 10-Gbit/s speeds (see Backplane Standard Gains Allies).

“Obviously, Intel’s going to press PCI Express,” says Enterprise Storage Group Inc. analyst Bob Graham. “All the HBA vendors have to keep pace with that... The storage industry’s keeping pace with Intel, which is important.”

In fact, according to Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group, emphasizes that PCI Express is Intel's new architecture for I/O. [Ed. note: So much for InfiniBand, then.]

  • 1